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>> No. 7091 Anonymous
27th July 2017
Thursday 7:42 am
7091 Tales of frugal regret.
Any good stories relating to when you/they should have just forked out that little bit extra?
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>> No. 7092 Anonymous
27th July 2017
Thursday 8:35 am
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Cheap wellies. Half the price, a hundredth of the useful life.
That's a good story, yeah?
>> No. 7093 Anonymous
27th July 2017
Thursday 7:12 pm
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Almost anything I've ever bought from a pound shop.
>> No. 7094 Anonymous
27th July 2017
Thursday 7:31 pm
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This sort of doesn't count because it's not me who bought it, but my landlords fitted the kitchen with the single worst oven you can buy in this country. The element crapped out, now I'm left waiting for them to send an engineer round (who is probably going to charge them more to fix it than it would to buy a brand new one.)

>> No. 7095 Anonymous
27th July 2017
Thursday 9:00 pm
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Some of those reviews are corking.

>Looks and acts like it was created as part of a Soviet 5 year plan to fiddle production figures.
>> No. 7096 Anonymous
27th July 2017
Thursday 11:50 pm
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I once bough a garden hand fork from poundland. I brought it straight home, tried to gently push it into soft soil and it immediately bent in half and snapped off.

Don't buy cheap garden tools. Total waste of money. Go with good solid steel, preferably second hand (if it looks ancient but still holds its shape, there's a good bet that it'll last you for years more.)
>> No. 7097 Anonymous
28th July 2017
Friday 1:13 am
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This. Especially paint brushes.
>> No. 7098 Anonymous
28th July 2017
Friday 2:25 am
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I was going to say lightning cables, but even the marginally more expensive ones are total bum rubbish. I don't know what they're made out of, but it's at least threes parts hopes and dreams, because nothing physical could be that fragile.
>> No. 7099 Anonymous
28th July 2017
Friday 2:53 am
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Totally don't understand this common complaint. Had several generations of fruitbook and fruitphone and never needed to replace a cable. Just treat them with the slightest bit of respect i.e. grasp the plug to disconnect instead of yanking the cable like a Neanderthal and they can easily outlive the device.

And no, I'm not the sort of pussy that feels the need to encase their phone either.
>> No. 7100 Anonymous
28th July 2017
Friday 3:28 am
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I recently bought an expensive microUSB cable to charge my phone. It's glorious, it feels glorious, it bends nicely, it is just overall High Quality.

I paid far more than I should for it but frankly I use it every day so why not.
>> No. 7101 Anonymous
28th July 2017
Friday 5:15 am
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I bought some Ray Bans on ebay for forty quid. It was about thirty quid more than I'd ever spent on a pair of sunglasses at this point, but I was so focused on having the brand name I went for this obvious bargain.

When they arrived it was pretty clear they weren't genuine. I'm not entirely convinced they had any UV protection, despite the sticker on the lens claiming so.

I ended up spending a further eighty quid on actual Ray Bans as a way to mask my shame of being duped.

Also the time I bought a chinese smartphone. I didn't realise how cheap something could feel.
>> No. 7102 Anonymous
29th July 2017
Saturday 11:24 am
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Any tools, really. No need to go overboard but the cheap stuff is just painful to use.

I bought a set of screwdrivers from a pound shop thinking they'd at least last for a couple of tasks. About three twists into the first wood screw the Philips head one had completely stripped itself.
>> No. 7103 Anonymous
29th July 2017
Saturday 4:10 pm
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Ooh a topic I am very keen in!

Absolutely, a pound-shop is a receptacle for all the plastic land fill fodder that's imported from China.
I bought a few lunch boxes from there with the silicon seal so they prevent leakage. Boy was I wrong when my backpack was sodden with olive oil. Bin.

Yep, I hear that - cheapskate landlord. If anything, renting in the UK has made me long for my own house and own preferences to appliances. My landlord has spared every expense when it came to the bathroom, for instance buying the shittiest taps, where you can't even fit your fucking hands under. A shower screen door that is impossible to clean properly, so it's caked with black mold, hiring absolute cowboys when it comes to DIY jobs, again shower, instead of fixing broke tiles, just slap some new grout on it, with another tile! The grout hardens, and creates the perfect environment for mold to attach itself to - absolute nightmare to clean.

It's people like this who have shit for brains, and have indeed no sense of what it's like using the cheapest fixtures and equipment.

I've learned early on that buying the cheapest shit will result in the most expensive in the long run, but at the same time, quality doesn't scale with price, i.e.: you buy a product costing twice as much, is it actually twice a s good? or maybe 1.25 times?

I fucking love being a savvy consumer, and having a small circle of like-minded mates has really been a boon when buying stuff.
>> No. 7105 Anonymous
29th July 2017
Saturday 4:15 pm
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About 14 years ago I needed glasses, so bought some quite expensive ones. A short while later, the prescription changed. Not wanting my parents to fork out again I got a cheap frame. The nosepad broke off not soon after and they were very uncomfortable. Had I known about reglazes then, I would have gotten the first pair regalzed. Afterwards, I got my originals reglazed.

I paid about £35 for some shoes from BHS. They lasted about 6 months when the sole fell apart. I got a friend to fix them ,as he insisted, which involved using "no more nails" to stick it back together. When they inevitably fell apart the next day, I went and got them cobbled. The cobbler looked daggers at me and I gave him the feeble explanation of fixing it myself.
They lasted maybe a few weeks more but when they gave up again, I chucked them in the bin. I then decided to buy some Rockports for £80 that were too big for me and I couldn't return them because I'd worn them for 2 days. C'est la vie. They fitted in the shop, but not when I walked in them outside.

Bought a £5 watch off of ebay as my usual one was really heavy. Sometimes the strap would pop open when I twisted my wrist. Of course by the time I wanted to return it, seller had fucked off. Decided to resell it (successfully) on ebay for £3.
>> No. 7106 Anonymous
29th July 2017
Saturday 4:23 pm
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>They fitted in the shop, but not when I walked in them outside.

You're meant to take out all of the pieces of paper from inside the shoe before you try them on.

My girlfriend is always buying cheap shit from Wilkos that's a complete false economy. We broke three spades and one fork when we were doing our garden over because she insisted on cheapness.
>> No. 7108 Anonymous
30th July 2017
Sunday 3:33 am
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>I've learned early on that buying the cheapest shit will result in the most expensive in the long run
It's a bit like that with cars. You buy an old one for next to nothing but end up spending multiples of its original cost on MOT and breakdown repairs every year.
>> No. 7109 Anonymous
30th July 2017
Sunday 6:56 am
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Not if you actually take care of it.
>> No. 7110 Anonymous
30th July 2017
Sunday 2:42 pm
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... at a cost of many times what you paid for it. Which is what he just said.
>> No. 7111 Anonymous
30th July 2017
Sunday 3:46 pm
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I've been running a 13 year old car for the last three years and all I've changed is brake pads and tyres and kept an eye on it, aside from changing a tie rod which cost nothing. Cost me £600, done 60,000 miles in it.
>> No. 7112 Anonymous
30th July 2017
Sunday 4:16 pm
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That's less to do with taking care of it and more to do with dumb luck.
>> No. 7113 Anonymous
30th July 2017
Sunday 4:44 pm
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Most problems with cars can be anticipated. That's not luck.
>> No. 7114 Anonymous
30th July 2017
Sunday 5:05 pm
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That's really not the case. Not that it matters, since it doesn't really impact on the cost. Spare parts and repairs don't magically cost more at MOT time. The tyres and brake pads won't be cheaper to fix earlier or more expensive to fix later. In the past, I've had to get £200 worth of welding done to get a 10yo through the MOT. No "anticipation" possible there.
>> No. 7115 Anonymous
30th July 2017
Sunday 5:23 pm
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>>7113 Well, yeah. I anticipated _something_ going wrong with my 140Kmile Astra. Changing everything that could possibly go wrong, though, would have been insanity. Suddenly, the wretched thing goes into spanner mode on first acceleration, and it ignores the throttle from then on - just sits at (smooth, healthy sounding, happy but powerless) idle. Toss. Can't even get it to admit error codes but pressing pedals before turning the key. Double-toss. Can't limp it to the garage on a 700rpm idle. Triple-toss.
>> No. 7116 Anonymous
30th July 2017
Sunday 6:37 pm
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Any whistling noises or air blowing from the engine? My first guess would be head gasket trouble. Though if your ECU was detecting that and putting it in limp mode it'd almost certainly be throwing up a code.
>> No. 7117 Anonymous
30th July 2017
Sunday 8:26 pm
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>>7116 Interwebz suggests MAF sensor, EGR clogged or turbo bollocksed.
There has been a light whistling noise on boost sometimes. I've been driving very gently for teh last month, trying to get 600 miles out of each tank, so I may have killed it by not ragging it - would be annoying if so.
Coolant is pristine-clean, and oil is normal-mucky, no sign of the two mixing. Head gasket would seem unlikely.
Anyway, not yet sure if I regret my purchase.
>> No. 7118 Anonymous
30th July 2017
Sunday 9:05 pm
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Even if you don't care about fixing it, it's always handy to have one of those bluetooth OBD sensors on hand. You can get a knockoff Chinese one for a fiver off ebay, and use it with Torque app on your phone to read the error codes.

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